Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WTF Wednesday: Beezin' and Chicken Legs are Damaging Our Kids, and Nicotine is Bad... MmmmKayyy

I spent this week bookmarking news stories that came across my news feed as potential topics for today's WTF Wednesday post.

Come to find out, a lot of dumb has happened in the news this past week.

So, instead of just one topic, you all get my opinion on 3 topics that have been flooding news feeds everywhere, in a post I'm entitling:

Beezin' and Chicken Legs are Damaging Our Kids, and Nicotine is Bad... MmmmKayyy

WTF Topic #1: Beezin'

News reports everywhere went crazy with what's being called the newest trend in teenager's attempts to catch a buzz from legal substances: Beezin'. According to reports, kids are putting Burt's Bees lip balm on their eyelids in order to get "high".

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Holy hells bells, Batman, you have got to be kidding me, right? RIGHT?

First off, what kid decided to put lip balm on their eyelids? Secondly, what kid decided to put Burt's Bees lip balm on their eyelids instead of some lip balm with 57 ingredients that we can't pronounce in it? Burt's Bees products are some of the most natural products out there, with a hell of a lot fewer chemicals in them than the run-of-the-mill skin care products. Thirdly, what kid who put Burt's Bees lip balm on their eyelids felt high afterwards?

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Seriously.

Some rich kid somewhere was bored out of their mind and realized the all natural peppermint oil in their lip
balm made their lips tingle, so they decided to see how it would feel if they put it on their eyelids?? Good grief. And why do I think it had to be a bored rich kid? Because at $3-$5 for a tube of Burt's Bees lip balm, it wasn't a poor kid experimenting with that shit. They have some off-brand called Chapped-Stix in their pockets.

All natural peppermint oil, on the eyelids, to give a tingly high. Kids will try anything, even stupid stuff. Hell, I have some all natural lavender oil and chamomile oil that if you just smell a little, is a huge downer, man. Mellows you out and just makes you feel one with your surroundings, you dig?

Good grief.

WTF Topic #2: Chicken Legs Make Kids Aggressive

Okay, okay, so it's not the actual chicken legs that make the kids aggressive, according to a new study. It's the act of biting the food with teeth that supposedly causes aggressive and disobedient behavior in children.

You can't see it, but I'm totally rolling my eyes right now.
Oh holy hell, we're all doomed now...
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As if it's not bad enough that the "experts" are telling us what to feed our children, now they are telling us how our children should and shouldn't eat. And apparently, it means we moms are supposed to be cutting food into small bites for our kids until they leave the house and attend college.

In a nutshell, the study states that the children involved (who were at a summer 4H camp, by the way) were twice as likely to be aggressive and disobey the adults after they bit the meat off of the chicken bone, than the kids who had the meat cut up on their plate.

I have to wonder a few things about this study:

1. Could a better venue than a summer camp have been found? Those kids are pretty much on crack as it is.
2. Would the study have yielded different results if, say, pizza was fed to the kids? Same biting motion as taking chicken meat off the bone. I ask because, let's face it, when anyone gets a chicken leg in their hand (even me, at the age of 33), there's a small part of you that wants to rip the meat off the bone with your teeth, stand up, grunt, and throw the chicken bone to some random dogs behind you, just like they did back in medieval times. Don't lie. It's in all of us.

Am I completely writing the study off as hogwash? No. It's a study that someone took time and money to perform. Do I feel the time and money could have been better spent elsewhere? Sure. I mean, if we want to study kids' behavior in reference to eating habits, how about feeding them processed foods vs. natural foods and see what happens, instead of whether or not biting into a juicy chicken leg causes aggression.

And any study that tells me I should cut my 12 year old's apple into tiny pieces before giving it to her definitely makes the WTF list for the week.

WTF Topic #3: Nicotine is Bad... MmmmKayyy

(I'm seriously hoping you all read that title in the guidance counselor's voice from South Park...)

The news reports about nicotine cartridges for e-cigs started about a month ago, but considering lawmakers are now getting involved, I keep seeing updates almost every day on the subject, so it's making the list this week.

Basically, reports from all over the US have confirmed that the liquid nicotine cartridges used for e-cigarettes are harmful to children...
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Yes. You read that right. Are you smacking your head, just like I did when I read it?

According to these reports, children are getting hold of the cartridges and drinking the liquid nicotine inside, causing thousands of nicotine overdoses all over the US. In some reports, teenagers are emptying the cartridges into energy drinks for a quick buzz (probably the same kids who are "high" from Beezin').

So, the reports are basically stating that liquid nicotine cartridges need to be kept out of the reach of children...

Did you smack yourself in the head again?

Isn't this a Duh moment? If cigarettes are bad for kids, and cigarettes contain the drug nicotine, then wouldn't nicotine cartridges be bad for kids, too?

Damn, that must be too logical for some people...

The reports do go on to state that because of these overdoses in kids (and dogs, by the way, who are eating these cartridges that people are apparently just leaving lying around all willy nilly), child proof caps should be mandatory on these liquid drug cartridges.

Am I the only person saying Duh on this one, too? Shouldn't cartridges that contain a liquid drug that's only sold to people 18 years of age and older have been made with childproof caps on them, considering the high concentration of the drug in such a small container?

And why in the hell are parents just leaving these things lying around for small kids to get?

My brain hurts from this. It really does.

I'm glad something is finally being done about this, but fingers crossed, they make the caps idiot proof, too, so all these people leaving liquid nicotine cartridges just laying around won't be able to operate them.

Beezin', chicken legs causing aggression and Surprise: Nicotine is harmful to kids... all part of my biggest WTF moments from this past week.

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  1. I agree with everything you said but the part about 4H kids being on "crack" why do you feel that way?

    1. Any kids at any summer camp act like that; the freedom from being away from parents, of it being summer. That's all that was meant there. I went to 4H camp once and I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off. It's kids at a summer camp during a break from school- endless amounts of energy.